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Scandinavian bandleaders




Ted Johnson (b. 1903) was a Swedish-American violinist, who led a popular Scandinavian dance band in the Twin Cities during 1930s and 1940s.

Thorstein Skarning (1888-1939) was a Norwegian-born accordion virtuoso and bandleader, who toured the Upper Midwest for over two decades and was a Twin Cities radio personality in the 1930s. Following his death, his son Thorstein B. Skarning kept the orchestra going into the 1950s, promoting it as "the only Norske band in the United States featuring old style mixed music."

Tracks 01-15: Ted Johnson Orchestra
Tracks 16-32: various artists
Tracks 33-33: Thorstein Skarning

VOCALISTS
Ted Johnson: tracks 2, 10, and 12
Obie Sahlin: track 4

EDVARD GRIEG MELODIES
Anitra's Dance
Death of Ase
Den Store, Hvide Flok
Solveigs Sang

Songs 16-33 are from the repertoire of Thorstein and Anna Skarning or of a similar nature. During the 1930s the Skarning band played a mixture of Norwegian and country western music in a style demonstrated by Ted Johnson's recording of "Ut På Måkeskjær".

ARTICLES
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Johnson_(bandleader)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorstein_Skarning


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